Prices: $859 per pair
Gordon said: The LN01A can be used to stream music in true stereo from a smart device, but can also serve as the core of a sound system including a turntable, a disc player, a game console, a TV, and other sources.
The gist: The Abyss Blue and Eggplant finishes are inspired!
Price: $1400 per pair
Diego said: The Argon1 fulfills two of Amphion’s stated design goals: truthfulness of reproduction and timelessness of design.
The gist: If you like what this Finnish bookshelf speaker offers, you can only get it from Amphion.
Price (both): $4450 per pair
Gordon said: They’re proof positive that you don’t need a big stack of components to get exciting and dynamic sound, high-impact bass, commendably accurate vocal and instrumental timbres, and precise aural images on big soundstages.
The gist: Active speaker package delivers it all . . . right to your door.
Price: $1799 per pair
Diego said: Among its strengths are refined-sounding highs and a transparent, highly detailed, reach-out-and-touch-it midrange -- on all of those grounds, I was amazed how favorably it compared with Revel’s more expensive M126Be and Focal’s far more expensive Sopra No1, something I hadn’t thought possible when I first unboxed the DALIs.
The gist: When you’re looking for small and special.
Price: $4995 per pair including matching stands
Hans said: . . . the Nico Evolution hangs its hat on its hyper-defined midrange.
The gist: Nice alternative to Wilson speakers.
Price: $990 per pair
Diego said: Through the Chora 806, acoustic piano, acoustic or electric guitar, strings, and especially voices, all had a palpable, detailed, reach-out-and-touch-it presence that I found especially rewarding.
The gist: Amazingly good stand-mount for the money.
Price: $999 each
Gordon said: . . . as I confirmed in my second round of listening, those rear-panel controls are as useful in domestic applications as they would be in the recording studio.
The gist: Beautifully refined sound from a product at home in the recording studio or your listening room.
Price: $1499 each
Gordon said: For $2998, you get a pair of active speakers with 250Wpc of built-in amplification that include two of Focal’s signature technologies: the beryllium tweeter and the “W”-cone woofer, albeit from earlier stages of their developments.
The gist: Older pro design that stills shows many strengths.